Month: May 2014

Advocates Reject SF Controllers Jail Population Projections

For Immediate Release – May 29th, 2014 Contact: Emily Harris, CURB (510-435-1176) San Francisco – Planners, policy experts and advocates blasted a report, released yesterday by the Controller, that suggests the need for between 63 and 601 more jail cells in the City. They note that the report includes no study of alternatives to incarceration or…



Join CURB at the Left Forum – May 31st!

We would like to invite you to join CURB for a discussion at the Left Forum on strategies that communities are using to resist prison and jail expansion. No More Prisons No More Jails: From PA to IL to CA  Combatting the Changing Face of Carceral Expansion WHEN: Session 5 on Sunday, May 31, 2014 10:00am – 11:50am in…



Assembly Budget Committee Approved Controversial Jail Construction Funding

For Immediate Release – May 23, 2014 Contact: Emily Harris, Californians United for a Responsible Budget – 510-435-1176Sacramento – Yesterday, the Assembly Budget subcommittee on corrections voted unanimously to pass the Governor’s budget proposal to grant an additional $500 million in lease revenue bond financing to counties to expand their jails, with placeholder language that would give…



United Educators of San Francisco Pass Resolution Against New San Francisco Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 22, 2014 Press Contact: Californians United for A Responsible Budget Emily Harris (510) 435-1176 San Francisco – Yesterday, delegates of the United Educators of San Francisco, the union representing nearly 6,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in SFUSD, voted to oppose construction of the proposed new San Francisco jail. Over 50 union members signed onto…



Editorial: $2 billion jail expansion plan is a mistake

Posted on May 20th, 2014 in the Los Angeles Register The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors recently voted to expand the scandal-ridden county jail system, with a $2 billion plan to replace the decrepit Men’s Central Jail and construct a new women’s jail. Given the lack of consideration of viable alternatives to incarceration that…



Activists Mobilize Against CA's Proposed $500 Million Jail Expansion

by Andrew Szeto‚ May. 14‚ 2014  in Beyond the Chron After the revised proposed state budget was released yesterday, activists from around the state are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to remove the $500 million outlined for jail expansion. With $15 billion in cuts to social safety net programs, prison reform groups like Californians United…



California Communities Continue Fight Against Jail & Prison Expansion in Gov's May Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 13, 2014 Press Conferences and Rallies to Be Held Across the State Press Contact: Californians United for A Responsible BudgetEmily Harris-(510) 435-1176California-Residents and community organizations from across the state will respond today and tomorrow to Governor Brown’s May Revise Budget. Spending on Corrections is slated to rise 2.9%, and total spending on prisons will…



Budget Battle: Jerry Brown in San Diego Tomorrow!

What are you doing tomorrow afternoon?  Did you know Governor Brown will release his revised 2014-15 budget proposal on Tuesday at news conferences in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego. Folks in San Diego are furious that the the Governor has proposed more prison spending including $500 million to build new jails. We’ll be mobilizing to the press conference, can…



Viewpoints: Why is California trying to build more jails?

By Emily Harris and Isaac Lev Szmonko Special to The Bee Published: Sunday, May. 11, 2014 When we first saw this year’s proposed corrections budget included $500 million for new jail expansion, we had to double-check the document to see what year it was. In December, at the campus of the University of Phoenix in Sacramento, an obscure new…



Budget Battle: May 14th Statewide Day of Action

Dear Supporter, Thanks to all of our pressure the jail construction debate is heating up in Sacramento! In yesterday’s hearing Senator Hancock said “we did not want to replicate our prison system jail by jail.” The Senate opposed Governor Brown’s budget proposal to grant an additional $500 million to expand jails and instead voted to…